(Lodi 1883 – Milan 1956)
After arriving in Milan at the age of 19, Emilio Sommaria began practicing photography as a shop assistant while also taking interest in painting. In 1904, he opened his own studio which he then moved in 1913 to Via San Paolo. Castagneri and Crimella would train here. In 1911, he was given a gold medal at the Esposizione Internazionale in Rome and an honorary diploma at the fair in Turin. In 1922, his considerable success was praised in the press for his participation in the World’s Photography Exposition in London and in 1923, he stood out at the Prima Esposizione Internazionale di Fotografia Artistica in Turin. Sommariva was above all a master of portraiture, and his clients consisted of the middle class and artists. He also took pictures of landscapes that are not in a painterly style.